Nov 10, 2012
Oct 9, 2012
Update: Ryan family business benefits from government spending. BusinessWeek illuminates lucrative government contracts that Ryan doesn't support (at least in theory)
Paul Ryan, still dedicated to the 1950s whack Ayn Rand, likes to split Americans into the makers and the takers—takers being veterans, seniors, and the working class who pay state, local, sales, and payroll taxes but owe no federal income taxes every January 31.
The 14 scariest words in American politics: 'We're from the Republican Party, and we're here to save Social Security and Medicare.'
But Ryan knows a lot about the benefits of federal taxes. Ryan since the early 1990s and continuing today has received his salary, accrued pension and health care benefits courtesy of the American tax payer.
In return, Ryan presents an extremist plan that promises to dismantle Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid while blowing up the deficit even more than Bush and Cheney did.
The question now is will President Obama vow to defend Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid from Romney, Ryan and Republicans in Congress.
One hopes the president sees the folly in rationally engaging the brand of extremists who now dominate the the Republican Party: Takers from the American people with Romney along for the ride.
Sep 26, 2012
Roger Simon's report in the Politico leads with "Paul Ryan has gone rogue. He is unleashed, unchained, off the hook."
- Though Ryan had already decided to distance himself from the floundering Romney campaign, he now feels totally uninhibited. Reportedly, he has been marching around his campaign bus, saying things like, “If Stench [Romney]calls, take a message” and “Tell Stench I’m having finger sandwiches with Peggy Noonan and will text him later.”
- Dan Senor, one of Romney’s closest advisers, has kept a tight grip on Ryan, traveling with him everywhere and making sure he hews to the directions of the Romney “brain trust” in Boston. (A brain trust, rumor has it, that refers to Ryan as “Gilligan.”)
Drawing from reports, it appears Ryan and his desires to privatize Social Security and destroy Medicare are threatened by the less-than-artful Romney—Ryan as destroyer of social insurance may soon seem like far-away dreams in the land of Ayn Rand.
Aug 17, 2012
Today's Republican party doesn't look much like it did in Ronald Reagan's dayOne thing about the Tea Party-Republican extremists holding elected office now-a-days is their compulsion to follow partisan marching orders, no matter how dangerous and extreme.
This dynamic is worrying to some past Republicans such as Reagan budget director, David Stockman (1981–1985), who blasted the current GOP ticket's fiscal plan, such as it is, in a New York Times op-ed.
The Times column—likely not widely read among the rural, white working class sought by Romney and Ryan—ought to at least stimulate some thought before voters consider casting their votes for this most radical and least rational-minded presidential ticket in modern American history.
Writes Henry Blodget at Tech Ticker:
Stockman calls the budget an "empty conservative sermon" and "fairy tale" and says it will "do nothing to reverse the nation's economic decline and arrest its fiscal collapse."
Stockman's main complaint about the Ryan budget, which reflects his broader frustration with today's Republican party, is that it preserves massive and, in his view, unnecessary spending on Defense and other programs while screwing people who actually need help by cutting food stamps, Medicaid, and other efforts that lessen the pain of poverty.
Stockman also rails against the new "Wall Street-coddling" bailout Republicans like Ryan, who stand by and let the Federal Reserve fix interest rates, encourage speculators, crush savors, encourage overconsumption, and punish thrift.
Specifically, Stockman observes, Ryan's "phony" budget plan:
In short, Stockman says, Ryan's plan is "devoid of credible math or hard policy choices." Harsh words coming from a fellow Republican. But, then, today's Republican party doesn't look much like it did in Stockman and Reagan's day.
- Maintains Defense spending that is nearly twice the $400 billion (adjusted for today's dollars) that General Eisenhower spent in the 1960s
- Shreds the safety net provided by $100 billion in food stamps and $300 billion in Medicaid
- Does not cut one dime from Medicare or Social Security for another decade
- Includes no serious plan to create jobs
- Radically cuts taxes on the richest Americans while eliminating tax breaks that mostly help the middle class
- Fails to even consider a "value-added sales tax," which is the only way the country can begin to climb out of its budget hole
Aug 11, 2012
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GOP extremism on display"If you think Paul Ryan and his Ayn Rand-worshipping colleagues aren't after your Social Security and Medicare, I am here to disabuse you of your naiveté," said Mike Lofgren, a Republican legislative grunt who retired in June 2011 in dismay and anger at the Tea Party-GOP's radical plans to dismantle the most successful and popular social insurance programs in American history.
Now, Rep. Ryan has been enlisted by Mitt Romney to carry the torch as GOP nominee for the vice presidency.
It's a perfect fit.
Recommend James Vega, John Nichols and the Paul Ryan Watch for important insights on who Paul Ryan is and what he plans for our country.